I've Been Bitten by Crocs
spring and warm weather are upon us, they have come out of
winter hiding and are here again. I'm talking about that most
ugly of ugly, hideous, mud-flap of a shoe called Crocs. If you
don't know what Crocs are, obviously you really need to get out
Crocs are the latest thing in shoe fashion fads, even more
popular among those "in the know" than tennis shoes
with wheels. Crocs are perfect for man, woman, child and beast.
Well, maybe not beast -- at least not yet -- however, everyone
else is wearing them. Crocs, in case you are among the
unenlightened minority, are plastic shoes with holes in them.
Actually, Crocs are soft, rubbery clogs that mold to fit your
foot when they become warm from being worn. They were originally
designed as boating and outdoor shoes because they have non-slip
bottoms. Their cheese-like holes allow for air circulation. A
strap around the heel holds keeps them on or can be worn on top
After Crocs escaped from boat decks and slithered to dry land,
they first became popular with those who must be on their feet a
lot, like nurses. Gardeners and food workers were also early
adopters. There are claims that the shoes are actually good for
your feet due to their lightweight comfort. Doctors may not
recommend them as orthopedic shoes, but when you look down, they
Those old enough to remember are somewhat reminded of
"earth shoes." It is rumored that those were very
comfortable and good for your back and feet. Naturally, being
good for your feet caused them to go out of fashion in a short
period of time in favor of something less comfortable with high
heels, pointy toes, and a greater probability of foot deformity
I've had my Crocs for over a year now. I found them by accident
one day and snapped up a pair. I've not taken them off since.
They are like wearing marshmallows. I even wore them through the
winter with socks. I thought I was an innovator of the latest
reptile fashion trend until I found out the shoes have been
around since 2003.
Speaking of fashion, Crocs are available in a wide assortment of
colors. Theoretically, you could have a pair to match every
outfit. However, even though the colors are fashionable, nothing
can be done to prevent Crocs from being ugly. Strangely, people
who wear them don't seem to care that they look like duck feet.
There are many cheap imitations, equally ugly but not genuine
Crocs. Knockoffs are common in the fashion industry. But, if I'm
going to be taken in by a fashion fad, I figure that it might as
well be the real thing. Last weekend I found a store that has to
be the granddaddy of all Croc stores. I've never seen so many
Crocs outside of the Everglades. The shoes covered one entire
wall, front to back, floor to ceiling. The shoes had to number
in the hundreds, every size, every color, every style.
Naturally, the Crocs shoe manufacturer couldn't
leave success alone and is now coming out with more styles:
slides, thongs, and sandals. My newest addition to my personal
reptile collection is a pair of sandals.
If you think all the hype about Crocs is a crock, you are
probably right. This fad is probably an endangered species that
will go the way of the dinosaur after a while, just like earth
shoes, platform shoes, and go-go boots. Now that I think of it,
I should probably go back to that store and get another pair or
two while I still can.
If you'll pardon the expression, see ya later, alligator.